Google to Broker Know-How with Virtual Money and Anonymous Users?

Need advice from an attorney on patents? Have a question about cooking Indian food? Want a document translated, or help building a widget or debugging a program? Google tells us on one of their corporate information pages that: “Google’s mission is to organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful. ” But … Read more

Google Acquires’s Image Preview Patents

On December 12, 2007, Inc. filed a lawsuit against Amazon Web Services and a number of other parties for patent infringement over a patent titled Framework for providing visual context to www hyperlinks (6,864,904). The case claimed that defendants Amazon Web Services LLC,, Inc., Alexa Internet, Inc., IAC Search & Media, Inc., Snap … Read more

How Google Might Classify Queries Differently at Different Data Centers

There’s some evidence that the Panda updates to Google’s ranking algorithm may be based upon a decision tree approach to classifying and creating quality scores for web pages and sites. Curious about whether Google might be using a decision tree approach to classify other information, I went digging through some of Google’s other patent filings … Read more

Will Google Start Showing Ads and Other Content in Unused Whitespace in Your Browser Window?

When you design a web page with fixed dimensions, set for a specific display resolution, sometimes visitors will arrive at your page with a higher web page resolution level. What this means is that there can be empty space showing in their browser window when viewing your page. There are other times when someone visits … Read more